ANGRY residents of Omuo-Ekiti in Ekiti East Area Council allegedly lynched a middle-aged man for attempting to kidnap a seven-year-old boy on Friday at about 2:30 pm when pupils were returning from school.

“The man, who sighted the suspected kidnapper, had raised alarm as he (suspect) grabbed the boy and forcibly dragged him into a nearby bush. This propelled residents who came out en-masse to pounce on the suspect and beat him until he relapsed into a coma.

“The suspect trailed the boy from school. When he realized that he had reached a bushy footpath, he pounced on him and started dragging him into the bush. He would have been successful if not for a man who was looking from afar. Residents caught him in the act and beat him to stupor.

“It was later that the police arrived and took the suspect to the station with the aim of taking him to the hospital for treatment but their efforts to save his life was futile,” a source said.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Sunday Abutu, who confirmed the incident yesterday, said the suspect died immediately they got to the police station.

Abutu, who said they responded to the call of one of the chiefs in the area, noted that “when we got the information, the police rushed to the scene of the incident but the man had already gone into a coma.

“The mob action was very thick, the police tried and rescued him and the intention was to first take him to the station for cover before rushing him to the hospital for medical attention. Unfortunately, he died in the station as a result of the beating,” he said.